Rinzai’s descendants do not know Zen.
In front of Crazy Cloud, who dares to explain Zen?
For thirty years, on my shoulders I have carried
The weight of Shogen’s Red Thread Zen.
I am teaching you the gateway to essential Zen. Zen is endlessly discussed with empty phrases and pretentious words; all that effort goes on and on missing the mark…
Former Abbot of Murasakino Daitoku Zen Temple, Jun Ikkyu, world’s number one venerable priest.
THE ONE TRUE TASTE OF TEA
I share a sip of tea together with the spring wind and 10,000 peaks;
Then with my arms folded in my sleeves I contently stroll along the riverbank.
Sen No Rikyu (1522 – April 21, 1591) based his calligraphy on the original two verses from a poem by Kaiseki (Chieh-shih), a Zen Master of the late Sung. The complete original poem goes:
Namo Amida Butso, by Shinran, (May 21, 1173 – January 16, 1263)
Founder of Jōdo Shinshū Pure Land sect of Buddhism.
God and man in harmony
With boundless compassion
Form an irresistible power.
Composed by Oni
Onisaburo Deguchi, 1871-1948, teacher of aikido founder, Morihei Ueshiba.
An extraordinary pair of geese by master artist Sesshū Tōyō, (1420 – 1506)
I studied with Kobori Nanrei at Daitoku-ji when I lived in Kyoto. His delightful copy of 6 persimmons by Mu Ch’i is wonderful, a faithful reproduction both physically and spiritually.